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Medical Assistant Awareness Month

Medical Assistant Careers Awareness Month – October 2021

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October is Medical Assistant Awareness Month at the Imagine America Foundation, and we are very excited to share some important resources with our community of high school counselors, workforce development boards, VA offices, parents, and students!

Medical assisting careers can be a great fit for students who are interested in caring for people in a variety of health care environments. And as the world continues to grapple with major health issues like the COVID-19 pandemic and our population continues to age, medical assistants are becoming an increasingly essential role for many communities.

So, if you’re considering turning your passion for helping others into a new career path, this could be the perfect time to pursue an education to become a medical assistant. Learn a little more about the field of medical assisting below, and then tune in to our special podcast series to hear more from the experts—our partner schools who offer the hands-on training you’ll need to get started.

The Future of Medical Assisting

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Did you know that medical assistants support both clinical and administrative functions in hospitals, doctors' offices, and other health care facilities? From drawing blood, taking vital signs, and running diagnostic tests to scheduling appointments, updating charts, and educating patients, medical assistants help keep medical offices running smoothly.

And between mass health events like the coronavirus pandemic and an aging population, trained health care workers will definitely be needed. More and more adults will need care to help them recover from health issues, maintain an active lifestyle, and support their general well-being over the coming years.

Want to learn more about the future of medical assisting careers? We talked to Shibu Thomas, vice president of marketing and admissions at Ross Medical Education Center, about the world of medical assistants—and how getting hands-on training could be the right fit for students passionate about helping people.

How to Choose a Medical Assistant Program

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You’ve decided you want to become a medical assistant. But how do you choose the right training program for you?

There are quite a few considerations to keep in mind, from finding prospective schools that are accredited, ensuring your school has up-to-date and industry-relevant equipment, and choosing a program that offers plenty of hands-on training to prepare you for entry-level work. You’ll also want to find a school you feel comfortable in, one whose instructors have experience in the field, and one that partners with employers to build a curriculum that helps you get ready for the workforce.

Want to hear more about what you should look for when choosing a medical assisting program? Be sure to tune in for our episode with Porter and Chester Institute: we discuss everything you need to know about finding the perfect medical assistant program for you.

The Difference Between Medical Assisting and Medical Billing & Coding

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Medical assistants are often expected to provide administrative support for medical billing, but is that the same thing as being trained in medical billing and coding?

We will break down all the ways that these two roles can be similar—and how they’re different—and share what you need to know when choosing between the two for your own career path.

If you want to learn more about the difference between medical assisting and medical billing and coding, we can help! Imagine America Radio talked to our friends at Midwest Technical Institute about medical assisting, medical billing and coding, and the hands-on allied health programs available at MTI.

Why Should I Become a Medical Assistant?

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Medical assistants support nurses, physicians, and other health care personnel in ensuring that patients get the care they deserve. This role could become more and more important as the America population ages, people live longer (and more active) lives, and the world faces viruses like COVID-19.

As a medical assistant, you could provide care in clinical settings, keep the office moving through administrative tasks, and build a satisfying career in the health care industry.

If you’ve always wanted to work with people in a hands-on and fast-paced environment, getting the training to become a medical assistant could be the perfect opportunity for you to invest in your own future. Medical assistants earn average annual salaries of more than $35,000—and medical records and health information specialists earn average annual salaries of over $45,000 (according to May 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Ready to learn more about medical assistant careers? Imagine America Radio talked to High Desert Medical College, experts in medical assistant training.

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